ايئر مارشل ريٹائرڈ محمد اصغر خان نے اپنی کتاب “My Political struggle” ميں لکھتے ہيں
In 1965 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, at the time Ayub Khan’s foreign minister, had advised the president to embark upon a military adventure by launching an armed attack in the Indian-held part of Jammu in the Akhnur sector. This he said was based on the foreign-office assessment that India would not react by attacking Pakistan. Ayub Khan had accepted this assessment and the attack was launched on September 1. He was therefore totally unprepared for the Indian attack that took place on the early morning of September 6 in the Lahore sector of Punjab. Bhutto’s logic, with which Ayub Khan agreed, was that Pakistan would thus cut off India’s road-link with Srinagar and be in a position to capture most of Jammu and Kashmir without having to resort to an all-out war with India. Although I had by then relinquished command of the Pakistan Air Force, I asked to see President Ayub Khan on the morning of September 3 and expressed my opinion that India would react by launching an attack in Punjab, if we continued with our action in the Akhnur sector of the Indian-held territory of Jammu and Kashmir. I was amazed when the president expressed his conviction that India would not do this and said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had assured him that there was no such possibility.
Bhutto was too shrewd a person to really believe that India would not react and one is therefore left with the inevitable conclusion that he thought that India would react in an all-out offensive and thought that a military defeat would result. He thought that he could then make some arrangement with the Indian leadership and take over from Ayub Khan. In a conversation that I had after the 1970 elections with Abdul Hamid Khan Jatoi, an eminent People’s Party leader of Sindh, I was told that after the success of the PPP in the 1970 elections, he had asked Bhutto what he proposed to do to curb the power of the armed forces in national affairs. He told me that Bhutto had replied, “Don’t worry about that. By the time I have finished with them they will be fit only for Guards of Honour.” Earlier in 1969, after being released from prison when he had asked me to join his ‘Pakistan People’s Party’, I had wanted to know what his programme was. He had replied in all seriousness that the people are fools and his programme is to make a fool of them. He had said, “Come join with me and we will rule together for at least twenty years. No one will be able to remove us.”